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Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 1 at the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy

by Zac Blomeley 28 Sep 14:27 BST 22-23 September 2018
Harken 29er Grand Prix Round 1 at the WPNSA © 29er UK

WPNSA hosted the first Harken 29er Grand Prix of the 2018/19 season and RYA and Class Squads Selector on a blustery weekend in September.

The forecast had been monitored carefully for the week prior to the event looking at times sailable to at times cries of 'no way are we getting some sailing in!' However, the weekend settled down somewhat - enough for a confident and educated decision by Race Officer Ian Bullock to go ahead.

Saturday began with deceptively light winds which lead to an initial postponement. However, as the foreboding clouds approached, so did the breeze, building quickly from 10 to 25 knots through the races. A challenge for the 56 boat fleet and especially the transitioning boats. 3 competitive races were carried out in squally, blustery, very wet, conditions. Everyone, including shore teams, looked like they'd taken a swim. As the breeze continued to increase, the decision was made to send the fleet in as visibility was continuing to decline. So we saw the beginning of GP day 1 with Zac Blomeley and Ewan Luke in first place. After 2 races, however, all changed and at the end of the day's racing Fin Armstrong and Ewan Wilson came through to lead on joint points with Henry Jameson and Louis Johnson in second with Zac and Ewan dropping to third.

Sunday began with the forecast looking marginal (as it had all week). However, a break in the weather allowed the Race Officer to quickly get in 3 more races in changeable and again testing conditions. But what a difference a day makes -the sun came out, we were all dry but it was a bit on the chilly side and the wind blew strong. Following a postponement, whilst waiting for the wind to subside somewhat, Class Coach Niall Myant and Alice Masterman, ably assisted by a few of the senior sailors, imparted their knowledge to the new sailors. The fleet then launched in 15 to 20 knots. The shore team were a great help. But the day was saved by the work of the UK 29er Class's own beach god and hero 'Mitch Buchannon' aka Harry Fox who delayed his own launch to assist the newcomers with their lively launching.

Henry Jameson and Louis Johnson won the first race of the day, Rupert Jameson and James Hall put in a great race to finish an amazing 4th in the second race - both new partnerships to the fleet so augers well for their future sailing.

After a great three races, the positions remained the same as day 1, Fin and Ewan gave another strong performance with four 1sts overall to be overall winners of GP1, Henry and Louis a close 2nd, Zac and Ewan 3rd.

1st girls Freya Black and Millie Aldridge with Charlotte Ormerod and Jess Jobson a close 2nd girls and Charlotte Gordon and Anna Rowe taking 3rd girls.

Karma prevailed and Sonia Evans and Harry Fox had a well-deserved 2nd in the last race and took the 1st mixed pairing overall. Second Mixed were Annie Hammett and Zac Caldwell with third Mixed Ben Batchelor and Lucy Hewitson. First Juniors (making a habit of it!) Sian Talbot and Madelaine Bristow. Second Juniors were Ethan Gerrell and Ben Bradley with an impressive 15th in the last race of the event. Third Juniors were Sam Jones and Jake Atkins already up there at the front of the fleet in the lighter airs - 14th in Race 1 of the event.

It was great to see so many newcomers to the class at this event, we hope to see you all at GP2 in Lymington October 13/14 and hope the windy conditions haven't put anyone off. The seniors have been wishing for more wind all year after having to sail in light wind conditions for the whole of last season so were thrilled to have exciting sailing.

Good Luck to all the sailors who are hoping to make Squads.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubsR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
12787EWAN WILSONFIN ARMSTRONGWORMIT BOATING CLUB / RTYC1‑612116
22816HENRY JAMESONLOUIS JOHNSONHAYLING ISLAND SC / HISC‑51213310
32826EWAN LUKEZAC BLOMELEYLLANDUDNO SC / LLANDUDNO SC/RYDAL PENRHO3266‑171027
42018ARCHIE LECKIEBEN IBBOTSONLEIGH & LOWTON SC / ANNANDALE‑193936728
52788FREDDIE PETERSTOBY ATHERTONHISC / GURNARD SC/HISC453‑1881131
62796SAM COOPERSIMON HALLWEST LANCASHIRE YC / WEST KIRBY SC‑2910752933
72347FREYA BLACKMILLIE ALDRIDGEHISC / PARKSTONE YC2410415‑1935
82849CHARLOTTE ORMERODJESS JOBSONOXFORD SC / ROYAL TORBAY YC671199‑1342
92329SONIA EVANSHARRY FOXGRAFHAM WATER SC‑171214117246
102545RUPERT JAMESONJAMES HALLHAYLING ISLAND SC / HISC9913124‑3647
111702OLIVER FELLOWSWILL ADLERCASTLE COVE SC‑351741418558
122433OLIVER EVANSWILL JARMANGURNARD SC / WARSASH SC‑28225275463
132029NICK WALTERSJOE BRADLEYHISC/RSRNYC / HILL HEAD SC/HISC‑26181216141474
142828TOM STOREYPIERCE HARRISYORKSHIRE DALES SC / WINDERMERE SCHOOL830‑31821875
152478FERGUS FOXSAM KNEALEBURGHFIELD SC / CARDIFF BAY YC1819181011‑3176
162694CHARLOTTE GORDONANNA ROWEPARKSTONE YC2121‑251713678
172229HANNAH ROBERTS‑STRAWJESS NELSONCARDIFF BAY YC / RUTLAND SC‑4016813301784
182332TOBY COPEIAIN BIRDCARSINGTON SC/RUDYARD LAKE SC713(DNF)26123088
192292SIAN TALBOTMADELEINE BRISTOWLEIGH AND LOWTON / LEIGH & LOWTON SC1082328‑362089
20724BELLA FELLOWSABI CAMPBELLYEALM SC/BRISTOL CORINTHIAN15‑292022251294
212695GEORGE RICHARDSGREGORY BROWNR LYM Y C / LYMINGTON TOWN SC2314192119‑2496
222344ANNIE HAMMETTZAC CALDWELLHISC131521‑33222697
232507ATHENA VOGIATZIMADDIE WYLIESOUTH SHIELDS SC / YORKSHIRE DALES SC2026161523‑32100
242514BEN BATCHELORLUCY HEWITSONISLE OF MAN YC1223372416‑39112
252362ALEX RATSEYOLLIE HAWKINSROYAL WESTERN YC / LOOE SC224034710‑41113
262304EMMA JAMESTAMSYN HILLSPARKSTONE YC / SALTASH SC311122‑403425123
271902ELODIE EDWARDSHANNAH MORRISPWLLHELI SC / WARSASH SC1124‑42312435125
282432CAITLIN WEBSTERDANI MIDDLETONKINGS COLLEGE TAUNTON / SALTASH SC272715‑343323125
292305EDDIE FARRELLKEVIN FARRELLLLANDUDNO SC24362419(UFD)27130
302664ELLIE POOLEFREYA CUMPSTYSTARCROSS YC‑504430202018132
31834ETHAN GERRELLBEN BRADLEYHISC / HILL HEAD SC/HISC‑423229302815134
322235PHOEBE LE MARQUANDMADDY KIRKRSC/SCSC / BSSC/RSC30203238‑4016136
332241BEN HUTTON‑PENMANNATHAN CLARKBURNHAM SC/CORINTHIAN OTTERS25281737‑3933140
342700SAM JONESJAKE ATKINSHILL HEAD SC143928(DNF)2934144
351497CAM BARRMATTIS PRINCENETLEY SC‑463426253129145
362045ALED LLEWELLYN‑JONESBEN WILLETTSAUNDERSFOOT SC / LLANGORSE SC3233‑40352722149
37408ADAM SANDISONTOBY HEATHERNETLEY SC362539(DNF)3528163
382224FINBARR WORMWELLRYAN WILKINSONHAYLING ISLAND SC‑414127323237169
391221SOPHIE JOHNSONDYLAN COLLINGBOURNEBLACKWATER SC / BURNHAM SC16373629(DNF)DNF175
401967JAMIE ALLENBILLY MITCHELLHISC3338(DNF)2326DNF177
411249FLO PETERSFREDDY WOODHISC(UFD)31DNF414121191
422214JULIA BARNESTOM BARNESRTYC4343333943‑46201
432123ELLEN MAINPOLLY SANDISONNETLEY SC37(RET)35DNC3840207
442485WILLIAM TAYLORLUKE BEUVINKESSEX YC / EYC384638(UFD)4243207
452225OLIVIA BRACEY‑DAVISWILLIAM HELLEWELLHISC / PAIGNTON SC‑534741424438212
462242WILLIAM CAIGERCAITLIN MORLEYSEVEN OAKS SCHOOL / BURNHAM SC39(RET)DNF364542219
471867SOPHIE DENNISEMMA WELLSHISC3435(DNF)DNS37DNF220
482118OLIVER SMOULTTIEGAN PEARCELLANGORSE SC / TRESAITH MARINERS SC51‑5347434644231
491114GEORGE VINCENTMATTY COHENPARKSTONE YC4750(DNF)44DNF45243
501510BLYTHE BERRYELLA JOHNSONHISC494243(DNC)DNCDNC248
512119LOU BOORMANMILES EVERETTLLANGORSE SC444545(DNC)DNCDNC248
522172DILLY ALAISSY SPURWAYHISC/MENGEHAM RYTHE SC / BOWMOOR SC/HISC4548(DNF)DNCDNCDNC264
532494LEON STEINJOSEPH DORMERQUEEN MARY SC555244(DNC)DNCDNC265
54476GRUFFYDD GREENGEORGE SELLWOODTEIFI BOATING CLUB545446(DNC)DNCDNC268
552234EMILY MUELLERFLORENCE BRELLISFORDROYAL LYMINGTON YC / CORINTHIAN OTTERS/4849(DNF)DNCDNCDNC268
562222ROBIN STEINSAM BRACKLEYFELPHAM SC5251(RET)DNCDNCDNC274

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